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Where can I try mind-body practices if I have cancer?

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Some hospitals and cancer centers offer mind-body medicine programs. Enroll in a class to learn how to practice them correctly. If your hospital doesn't offer one of these programs, ask your doctor for advice on how to get started.

You don't even need to take part in a formal mind-body medicine program to see the benefits. Simply walking outside in nature or listening to music can help you feel better.

From: Benefits of a Holistic Approach WebMD Medical Reference

American Society for Clinical Oncology: “About Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” "Cancer and Your Body."

American Cancer Society: "Coping with Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Mind-body modality."

Mayo Clinic: "Chronic stress puts your health at risk," "Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress," "Tai chi: Meditation in motion?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "About Mind-Body Therapies."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Meditation: In Depth."

Mindful: “How to Do It.”

Integrative Cancer Therapies: "Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients."

CancerCare: "Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer."

Cancer Research : "Impact of Deep Breathing and Relaxation Exercises on Health Related Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy."

BreastCancer.org: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

Medscape: “Progressive Muscle Relaxation: A Cure for Cancer-Related Fatigue?”

Cam-Cancer: "Progressive muscle relaxation."

Oncology Nursing Society: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)."

Cancer Research UK: "Visualisation," "Yoga."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Guided Imagery."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Tai chi: Healing from the inside out."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 26, 2019

American Society for Clinical Oncology: “About Complementary and Alternative Therapies,” "Cancer and Your Body."

American Cancer Society: "Coping with Cancer."

National Cancer Institute: "Mind-body modality."

Mayo Clinic: "Chronic stress puts your health at risk," "Tai chi: A gentle way to fight stress," "Tai chi: Meditation in motion?"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: "About Mind-Body Therapies."

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: "Meditation: In Depth."

Mindful: “How to Do It.”

Integrative Cancer Therapies: "Mindfulness meditation for oncology patients."

CancerCare: "Relaxation Techniques and Mind/Body Practices: How They Can Help You Cope With Cancer."

Cancer Research : "Impact of Deep Breathing and Relaxation Exercises on Health Related Quality of Life in Breast Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy."

BreastCancer.org: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation."

Medscape: “Progressive Muscle Relaxation: A Cure for Cancer-Related Fatigue?”

Cam-Cancer: "Progressive muscle relaxation."

Oncology Nursing Society: "Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR)."

Cancer Research UK: "Visualisation," "Yoga."

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute: "Guided Imagery."

University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center: "Tai chi: Healing from the inside out."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 26, 2019

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